Talk and Demo

How to carry water: a poetry workshop with Alycia Pirmohamed


In this workshop, we will look at the rich metaphoric potential of water and explore the themes it comes to represent in poetry.
The workshop will involve reading a variety of poems, including the Lucille Clifton poem after which this workshop is titled, group discussion, and guided writing exercises.
There will be time to share work during the session and any pre-reading materials will be sent in advance.

Alycia Pirmohamed is the author of the poetry collection Another Way to Split Water. Her other works include HingeFaces that Fled the Wind, and the collaborative work, Second Memory, which was co-authored by Pratyusha. Her nonfiction debut A Beautiful and Vital Place won the 2023 Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing and is forthcoming with Canongate. Alycia currently teaches on the Creative Writing master’s at the University of Cambridge. She is the co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network and a co-organiser of the Ledbury Poetry Critics, and she is the recipient of several awards including a Pushcart Prize, the CBC Poetry Prize, and the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.

Established in 2018, the87press is an Asian, LGBTQIA+, and neurodiverse led publishing collective and events curator in South London. We prioritize modernism, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, and environmentalism in our print publications of poetry, fiction, and essays. Additionally, we offer educational and creative workshops, industry leading live events, and regular commissioned work with online journal of culture theHythe. Committed to equity, all authors receive fair contracts regardless of their background. As part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, we contribute to the Let’s Create project and look forward to fostering inclusive learning spaces as the only NPO in the London Borough of Sutton.

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Sunday 28 Apr 2024
Online, United Kingdom